Ball to Begin Discussions Regarding Possible Closure of Wallkill, New York Beverage Packaging Plant
WESTMINSTER, Colo., March 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Ball Corporation (NYSE: BALL) has notified its employees and the union, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), about the potential closure of the Wallkill, New York, plant.
Ball is evaluating the Wallkill facility, which opened in 1972. The facility produces a number of unique can sizes where Ball is the sole supplier. Space, land and equipment limitations make expansion and upgrades to this facility difficult. To increase production and enable growth of contracted customers, Ball is exploring closure of the Wallkill plant and supplying the unique sizes from other facilities that can produce them.
“Contemplating a plant closure is never easy as it impacts our people. Because of our extensive plant network, we have the ability to modify existing lines to produce these unique sizes,” said Kathleen Pitre, president, Beverage Packaging North & Central America. “We are exploring the best way to match the growing and changing needs of our contracted customers with our extensive plant footprint.”
Ball can leverage its system of 20 metal beverage container plants across the region to serve its multiple customers with the most sustainable packaging solution in the beverage supply chain.
About Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 21,000 people worldwide and reported 2022 net sales of $15.35 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.
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